School History Trips

School Groups - Raquette Lake Navigation

Teachers, plan your next local history school trip  aboard the W.W. Durant. Experience the breathtaking scenery and historic Great Camps of the Adirondacks’ largest natural lake.

Itinerary & What You’ll See

K-6 class trips (minimum 20 students) are 1 hour in length. (You may have to combine grades or partner with another school to get the minimum of 20 students.)

View Pine Knot (1st Great Camp sold to Collis P Huntington of Southern Pacific RR fame), Echo Camp (Connecticut governor Lounsbury’s “camp”), St. Williams (100 yr+ Catholic church built by Durant and on site of original village of Durant, NY). Around Osprey Island (another 100+ yr old church on St. Hubert’s isle) and back to dock. We usually see a bald eagle on Big Island. The Adirondack Museum has a great display of the transportation system Durant implemented to get people from Raquette Lake to Blue Mt Lake via rail, steamboat and rail and steamboat again!

Then a short drive to Great Camp Sagamore, the Alfred Vanderbilt wilderness estate for over 50 years for a highlights tour: Main Lodge, dining room, bowling alley!

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Cruise ticket price for all passengers is $9.
1 comp teacher ticket included with every 20 students.
Optional: $6 breakfast pizza & root beer float in souvenir mug. Sagamore tour $6 per student; $9 per adult.  1 Comp adult per 20 student

Sample Schedule


You can still bowl on the bowling alley at Sagamore!

10:00-11:00 Cruise on Raquette Lake (with or without breakfast pizza)
11:00-11:30 Drive to Great Camp Sagamore
11:30-12:30 Guided tour Sagamore

Great Camp Sagamore, Main Lodge

Sagamore Main Lodge

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Inlet students

Minerva students

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